Today was a bit of a sad day. I probably don't feel it like I should because good quality anti-depressants, but I digress.
I sold my precious partner-in-crime this morning, right after Torah study. The 2005 Toyota Echo (whom I have given the names 'Goldilocks' and 'The Madamobile') now rests at the hands of a car dealer in a southeastern Cleveland suburb.
When I acquired the Madamobile, it had only 48 miles on it. When I sold it, it had 181,235 miles. That's a lot of road trips, crew gatherings, emergency rides, and errand runs. This car got me out of harm's way (especially when I left my sister's residence in 2008), transported a nervous Chelsea, z"l (my fursister), to and from Columbus for a specialist appointment, became the bane of Belle, Junior, and Sam's existence (my three fursons who live between my second ex-fiancé and my parents, at last checked), and got to see numerous states along the way.
For those that are wondering, I do not regret my decision to sell my car. The thought had sat in the back of my mind for months because it was one major repair away from being scrapped entirely. I got financially what I could and I am satisfied with that.
So, how are you going to get around, Vera?
Do what I have done since I was 3; rely on public transit. It's not the most convenient way to get around (the frequency of vehicles is sorely lacking), but I do enjoy the use the system.
Luckily for me, there is a grocery store and a pharmacy just a few blocks away from where I live. I will use the grocery store for food and paper items; the pharmacy is where I can get my health care items. On occasion, I will make an excursion out to Aldi or Target to get stuff I only purchase a few times a year.
How will you get to synagogue?
Heh, there is a bus that stops in front of my temple. I'm blessed with that.
What about your friends? What if they invite you over to a place that is not transit friendly?
I will do what I can with what I have. Simple as that.
Do you miss your car right now?
Not really. Then again, the weather has been really mild for December. Ask me that when there's a foot of snow on the ground and it's 10°F with a wind chill of -7°F.
How will you get around when you have your surgery?
Great question. I have amazing friends at temple that are willing to help me out while I recover. Without them, I would be trapped in a nursing home for a few weeks until I got home.
I am ready for 2016. Menopause or not, I'm going to win so hard this upcoming year.